Go Green with Paperless ELDs and Paperless Work Orders

In the past, many companies relied on paper; paper logs, paper fuel tickets, paper receipts, paper invoices, etc. Completing these paper forms took large amounts of time for remote workers filling them out and also for the office staff entering and filing them. Paper logs can contain errors or get misplaced, and drivers on the road don’t turn in invoices and logs for extending periods of time.

There are many variables working against companies that still rely on paper logs as their main form of reporting. To avoid potential setbacks and record falsifications, businesses are now making the switch to electronic logging, such as electronic logging devices (ELDs) and fleet management. But what is electronic logging, and how can it help you?

ELDs and electronic ticketing have been getting a lot of press, most recently due to the new FMCSA mandate that went into effect this summer. Besides the mandate for all long-haul operations, many people know little about the technology and are unaware of the very real benefits and ROI that come with it.

"Why Should I Switch to Paperless Logs?"

Convenience & Peace of Mind

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ELDs or electronic logs (E-Logs) eliminate the need for paper log books and the hassles they bring. It’s more important than ever to keep accurate logbooks to meet all compliance and regulations; if you don’t it will cost you. Breaking HOS regulations or other report compliance can result in large fines and potential dings on both the driver’s and company’s record. By using a tablet or Smartphone, all drivers can now log their hours and stops electronically, which is immediately transmitted to the home office.

Prior to ELDs, HOS violations could go unnoticed for weeks due to back logs in paperwork. Now, with the ability to hit one small button for “driving,” the home office is up to date with the status of all workers. Automated alarms trigger when a driver is nearing the driving and on-duty limit and notifies both the driver and home office.

With the in-cab device, companies can implement electronic work orders. Electronic work orders ensure drivers and remote employees have everything they need to get the job done right. All paper forms previously used are completed on the in-cab device.

Drivers can fill out fuel tickets, vehicle inspections, invoices, delivery receipts, capture signatures, and in the event of road-side inspections, the device can easily be removed from the cab for review, getting drivers back on the road faster. The home office can even send turn-by-turn directions directly to the tablet so drivers know exactly where they are going.

Benefits to Going Paperless:

    • Complete electronic work orders, fuel purchase forms and driver vehicle inspection reports
    • Dispatch workers to job sites
    • Capture signatures and document images
    • Give turn-by-turn directions
    • Communicate with safe, two-way messaging
    • Paperless electronic driver logs
    • Breeze through road-side inspections
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Going paperless, piggy-backed on a Pedigree Technologies’ Fleet Management solution, allows for more efficient operations in many businesses.

Utilize Dispatch Software to Stay Safely Connected

With the first winter storm in the books, it appears that icy, snow-packed roads settled in for the season. The slower-than-average, white knuckled driving conditions pose challenges for long-haul companies with multiple remote drivers. It slows down operations and makes safe connections and location updates increasingly difficult. Closed roads cause delays or detours and require rerouting, and it’s very unsafe to talk on the phone while pulling 70 tons on slick roads. Consequently, job status information and efficient directions become difficult to relay.

dispatchingTo combat these potential setbacks, many companies use dispatch software on top of fleet tracking to communicate with workers and track all trucks and vehicles. Dispatch software works with an in-cab device and supplies drivers with the necessary information needed to complete jobs, while the home office reroutes trips. The office can also prioritize and dispatch the nearest driver to new jobs after checking location and status all on one screen. Safe, two-way messaging is available and can be sent to just one, or a group, of workers and only functions when the vehicle is immobile.

The features offered with dispatch software are:

    • Dispatch workers to a job sites
    • Provide route optimization
    • Give turn-by-turn directions
    • Communicate with two-way messaging
    • Pull vehicle status updates

dispatch softwareAll these features work together so companies can streamline business and functionality. Dispatch software, coupled with fleet tracking, let companies:

    • Stay in touch with mobile workers – Communicate with mobile workers using safe, simple messages and job updates that are delivered directly to their in-cab device
    • Eliminate out-of-route miles – Save on unnecessary miles and reduce vehicle wear and tear with the best route possible
    • Increase customer satisfaction – Keep customers informed of accurate pick-up and delivery times
    • Save on fuel costs – Turn-by-turn directions provide the best route possible, reducing delivery costs and fuel consumption

Winter is a stressful time for everyone on the road, and safety is the No. 1 priority.  Don’t become a statistic and start using safe communication means today.

 

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Navistar Collaborates with Pedigree Technologies, Offering Fleet Diagnostic Solutions

ORLANDO, Fla. and FARGO, N.D. – Pedigree Technologies LLC, an award winning provider of fleet management solutions, today announced a collaboration with Navistar International Corporation, offering  a single remote diagnostics portal that allows fleets to use existing telematics solutions to manage entire fleets more efficiently – delivering improved vehicle uptime.

“More fleets are adopting telematics to drive efficiency and productivity across their entire operations,” said Alex Warner, CEO of Pedigree Technologies. “With Navistar’s OnCommand our customers will be able to leverage diagnostic data and analytics to optimize performance in areas of concern such as maintenance and downtime costs.”

Today, a large number of fault codes exist due to EPA regulations and OBD compliance and that creates complexity for the driver and fleet manager. Navistar’s OnCommand Connection helps fleet managers de-codefault data to understand the level of severity of the issue and determine the appropriate actions.

“By partnering with our customers’ existing telematics providers such as Pedigree Technologies, we can pull diagnostics related data to create easy to understand vehicle health reports,” Nadine Haupt, director of powertrain product marketing. “The visibility into the operational health of the vehicle empowers customers to understand the severity of vehicle issues and determine the appropriate actions – ultimately leading to increased uptime.”

About Navistar 
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, and IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com.